Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cuff links galore

So I've been doing cuff links for a while now and I'm really enjoying the different ways people have had me personalize them. All of these below hold certain meaning for me as well. Here is a little review of sorts of some of the different things I've done. I love how creative people get with these...

1. I realize I never actually put a pic up on the blog of the original pair (top left) that I did for a friend that started the whole craze!

2. I was uncertain (and nervous) with how the first monogrammed pair would look but I was so in love with them when I was done! Fortunately the customer was too.

3. I love how there are secret messages that I have no clue about (like the K+C squared pair) but must mean so much to the recipient.

4. I enjoyed doing the Bible scripture because it had me so curious that I had to go look it up. You can feel free to do the same. ;P This is a scrap one that I had. I don't have a picture of the final pair that went out.

5. And who can resist an army of cuff links? This was the first ever wedding party that I did. I was super nervous about doing so many at once but it was DEFINITELY great practice and totally improved my technique.

I wish that I'd been a little bit better at documenting all the styles I've done but it is what it is. I did these really cool "XOXO" ones for someone for Valentine's Day that I just *knew* I took a photo of, but alas no. I may do another pair just for fun for the hubby. And then I'll get him a French cuff shirt to go with them. ;D

Friday, February 26, 2010


I'm having a slight attack of the "I WANTS."

I want:
*Summer to come. That's right let's just skip Spring this year.
*Some bright colored clothes to counteract these dreary gray days.
*Oranges. yummy oranges' cloying scent stuck to my fingers.
*Ocean waves in shades of teal blue.

I want these that remind me of all this. All beautiful handmade items.

Organic draped sleeve t-shirt in teal Sandmaiden $76.00
Elessa bag in orange Milloo $72.00
Orange belt buckle belt $180.00
Turquoise circle of leaves ring mirthmarket $12.00

Monday, February 22, 2010

Just My Luck

Coming to my shop later today! :D

Thanks to the lovely Tameka of PrettyinPeace for helping me decide
what to put on the unfortunate clover!
Check her blog out over here at
She is a prolific writer.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Olympic favorite!

OMG guys! My Fallen Maple Leaves Ring has been featured in Etsy's blog, The Storque! Not only was it featured, it was the BIG picture!!! I am over the moon! If you love it, please go vote for it as your Olympic favorite here! There are many cool items to choose from in that list so I'm sure you'll find something you love!

I made an Olympic treasury the other day after finding some awesome items to feature. Here it is! My absolute favorite is the cereal bowl with rings in it.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snowver it!

OMG. Hi everyone! I am sooo done with the snow. We hit a new record here in the DC Metro area and I've pretty much been in the house for 6 days. Wait. Not true. The Beads household braved the weather to drive to a relative's house to watch the Superbowl. It was a fun adventure to be sure and Young Master Beads got to hang with his cousins and Mr. Beads got to conquer nature and grill in the snow.

A good time was had by all! But I wouldn't be lying to say I'd be happy to wave bye bye to the snow like Young Master Beads is here:

I have been reading and baking (this picture looks great but the muffins were eh)

and I did knock at least one thing off my list since last we met. This was in large part due to Young Master wanting to help plant.


Hope all is well with you guys!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I'm ready for my close up Mr. Demille!

I played this one pretty close to the chest. So you know how I mentioned my heart dog tags being in the "Hearts for Haiti" shop? I was contacted about it's possible use in a segment on TV in California concerning Valentine's Day gifts that give back. Well looky loo! It ended up on air!

To see the clip go here and click on the link at the left that says "Creative Vday Gifts!":

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What I've Been Doing

Hi all! Just a short update. I've been working on my copper heart dog tags. I've sold a few through my shop and through the Hearts for Haiti shop. Very exciting!!! I've also been working on cuff links.

Also, here is a ring I made last week that I finally stole a moment to take pictures of. At some point it will be up in the shop. When? Your guess is as good as mine. Hopefully later this week! I'm calling it "Six Moons Over Earth."